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. we'll be watching this one very closely. back to you. >> kim, thank you. >>> the pentagon made a big announcement as we headed into the weekend. it's putting the country's single largest weapons program on hold. all 51 of the pentagon's new f-35 fighter jets will be grounded following the discovery of a cracked turbine blade in one of the plane's engines. it's the second time in two weeks the government has had to pause the $396 billion weapons program. >>> trouble for another big program tonight. at this moment the most contaminated nuclear site in the country is leaking a mix of radioactive and toxic material into the soil. the waste is coming from old underground tanks in washington state's hanford nuclear reservation, a site that produced plutonium for the bombs dropped in world war ii. officials say the leak is not an immediate threat since it will likely take years for the chemicals to reach the groundwater. >>> when "nightly news" continues on this saturday, finding the next big breakthroughs in medicine. a new generation of scientists gets millions to make it happen. >>> the
live with those cutbacks to the pentagon. so isn't there a spending problem here that must be addressed? >> absolutely. and i believe as chairman of the defense appropriations subcommittee and in the senate that we can save money, cut waste in the pentagon, and not compromise our national security. but to do this in such a haphazard way over the remaining six or seven months is going to be unfair to the military and our families. think about this for a second. cutting back on psychological counseling for the members of the military and their family during the remainder of this year when we have this grievous problem of suicides in the military and readjustment when they come home from battle. we can't do that. >> but isn't there always a reason to spend the money in washington? >> no. >> can't you always find a reason not to cut? isn't this the republican argument that at least here, if worse comes to worse and the sequester happens, we'll at least get spending cuts. how else to force the president's hand? >> do we really want to base our spending cuts reducing medical research in ameri
. tonight instead of focusing on how budget cuts would affect the pentagon, we're told president obama will focus on the middle class. cuts to headstart, research and thousands of government jobs. >> his emphasis on the needs to continue jobs or have our manufacturing sector expand, that work isn't done. >> reporter: in the audience tonight the parent of a slain chicago teenager who had just marched in the inaugural parade, underscoring the president's gun control. the president is expected to address immigration reform, a move that may have more impact outside washington. >> the goal is to move public opinion because that's what moves congress. >> reporter: lawmakers and former lawmakers on both sides say his clear focus must be the budget. >> if we don't get it under control fairly soon, and have congress and the president lead us in this area, then we will end up with a nation that is insolvent. >> reporter: republicans are already criticizing what happens after tonight's speech. president obama hits the road, three cities in three days to push his agenda. >> mr. president, if you'r
, civilian life so difficult? >> there's nothing in place -- i mean, the pentagon had some things, department of defense had some things, even special forces. they have a few programs for these guys but mostly they don't know about it. >> is that their fault? is the independepentagon doing but is not widely known? >> v.a. will tell you one pentagon program in particular is not widely known. >> navy s.e.a.l.s continue to fight bravely, accomplishing crit critical mission that is keep our nation safe. the details of the bin laden operation are well known. we take seriously the safety and security of our people as well as our responsibility to assist sailors making the transition to civilian life. without more information about this particular case, it would be difficult to determine the degree to which our transition progr programs succeeded. what's the takeaway? >> the takeaway is that i think it's great. i think it's great they're committed to these guys. at the same time what they offered him when he came out from that -- at the end of the raid, the next day or day after the raid was a form
those automatic spending cuts. >>> today chuck hagel is taking over at the pentagon after the senate voted 58-41 tuesday to confirm him as defense secretary. he was sworn in this morning. among his big challenges, those looming defense department budget cuts and troop levels in afghanistan. >>> last night in south africa, a private memorial service for model reeva steenkamp. the service planned by olympic runner oscar pistorius who says he shot her by accident on valentine's day. pistorius is charged with premeditated murder. >>> a new honor today for the late civil rights pioneer rosa parks. the unveiling of a statue of her on capitol hill with president obama and congressional leaders taking part. known as the mother of the civil rights movement, rosa parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a montgomery, alabama, city bus back in 1955. this month marks what would have been her 100th birthday. >>> and nicolas cage was the big winner on a recent high school game show in boston when the host chatted with contestants about movies they like. one team was four for four for ni
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